How Do Coaxial Cable to Ethernet Adapters Work?

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Coaxial cable to Ethernet adapters are designed to convert your existing coaxial Cable TV wiring (that you may or may not be actively using) into an Ethernet-like connection using MoCA technology, giving you a wired network backbone where ever you have coaxial cable wiring.  This wired backbone now provides extremely fast speeds (up to 1 Gbps) and a super reliable connection for your Internet or WiFi connection in your home. These coax adapters are also called MoCA adapters since they use MoCA technology to convert coax to Ethernet.

First and foremost, once you buy MoCA adapters, they are super easy set up. It takes a minute or two and a few steps to set up quickly:

  • Step 1: Take one MoCA adapter and connect it into a coax TV outlet. Then, using an Ethernet cable, connect the other end to your modem or router.
  • Step 2: Take a second MoCA adapter, such as the HT-EM4 from Hitron (available on Amazon), and connect it to any other coax outlet in your home where you want an Internet connection. The two MoCA Adapters will establish a MoCA network link automatically with your router to create a MoCA network.

With MoCA adapters, you can connect any device with an Ethernet port to your MoCA network . Okay, we’ve told you how to set them up, but now let’s cover how they actually work.


How MoCA Adapters Work

MoCA adapters work by using your home’s existing coax wires to create a wired MoCA backbone for your network. This is a very fast and extremely stable network for all of your connected devices.  In essence, your coaxial cable wiring within your walls is enabled to transmit data with speeds up to 1 Gbps, to your connected devices, and therefore, extends your Ethernet connection using this MoCA technology and your coax wiring.  Any device that you connect to a MoCA adapter and coax outlet further extends your network to every room in your home.  Imagine connecting your WiFi router to this extremely fast network – now your WiFi network can harness these speeds to all of its connected devices!  A MoCA network is truly the best of both worlds!  You can get both a wired and wireless connection harnessing very fast speeds and extending your network’s reach throughout your home and even to your garage (if you have coax wiring there).  The possibilities are endless and you’ll have less hassle than running Ethernet throughout your home!

Your new MoCA network means better 4K streaming, lag-free gaming and higher-speed networking capabilities that is literally plug and play set up. You will need two MoCA adapters (minimum) if your modem or router does not already have MoCA built in.  You can have up to 16 MoCA nodes on a MoCA network.


Leverage Your Coax Wiring for Faster Connections

Coaxial cable TV wiring is present in 90% of homes in the US and you can leverage this to create a Gigabit network solution. Again, a MoCA network is truly the best of both worlds – wired and wireless. Because your MoCA adapters perform the conversion of coax wiring into an Ethernet network, you get a wired connection that won’t be affected by interference, giving you a reliable and fast Internet backbone. You can connect more bandwidth-heavy devices, such as gaming consoles and 4K TV, directly with MoCA adapters for a reliable connection while your other WiFi devices can connect to a less congested WiFi network. Hitron’s HT-EM4 MoCA Adapters use MoCA 2.5 technology for network speeds up to 1 Gbps to end devices.


MoCA adapters are compatible with virtually any device with an Ethernet port, which means you can connect to a wireless router, mesh WiFi access point, gaming consoles, or streaming devices.


By simply purchasing and using HT-EM4 MoCA adapters, you can greatly enhance your WiFi connection speeds and Internet coverage to every corner of your home.


Want to learn more about MoCA adapters and MoCA technology? Check out more of our articles on Hitron’s Learn Page on these topics.




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